The Hearth: Em Dash

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Creativity Day

Date & Time

13 - 14 Jan, 2024 Performance│13-14.01.2024 3 – 3:30pm; 13.01.2024 5 – 5:30pm
Workshop│13-14.01.2024 11am – 12:30pm


JC Cube


Performance: Free of Charge
Workshop: $200


Em Dash

Shakuhachi & Western Calligraphy
Different cultures, different eras have their own unique rhythms.
In this performance, two artists coming from different artistic backgrounds explore harmonious yet diverse aspects using different artistic mediums.

Shakuhachi is a traditional musical instrument from Japan that has a distinctive rhythmic structure different from Western music. In traditional shakuhachi music, time is an intrinsic pulse of oneself that frees music-making from any rules and boundaries. Therefore, silence is an aesthetic consideration in shakuhachi music. Its unique and rich tones encompass the essence of the world.

Modern Western calligraphy, on the other hand, is a writing style developed from traditional western calligraphy, emphasizing creativity and freedom. In the world of modern Western calligraphy, brushstrokes are not confined by any framework, allowing the writer to infuse emotions and thoughts through their strokes. With each breath and moment during writing, we can always find tranquility in the ever-changing world.

Through Em Dash, audiences will journey to the time and space co-created by the performer and the calligrapher. With each sustained note, each brushstroke, each breath, audiences can focus and embrace the present moment.

Mindful Calligraphy Workshop

In the 1.5 hour mindful calligraphy workshop, participants will be guided to experience self-expression and beauty in every breath through calligraphy's rhythmic strokes. We will provide a soft brush copybook, drawing card, and one Pentel art brush pen for participants to take home and practice after the workshop.

13 Jan 2024 (Sat) 11am – 12:30pm
14 Jan 2024 (Sun) 11am – 12:30pm

Venue: JC Cube
Tutor: Ronsa Lee
Quota: 12 per session
Fee: HK$200 per session
Click here to register


  • Recommended for aged 12 or above
  • Calligraphy experience is not required
  • Language: Cantonese and English

13 Jan 2024 (Sat) 3 – 3:30pm
13 Jan 2024 (Sat) 5 – 5:30pm
14 Jan 2024 (Sun) 3 – 3:30pm
Venue: JC Cube
Free admission, no registration is required

Hifumi Hachigaeshi│Honkyoku
Shika no tone│Honkyoku

Shakuhachi: Kenneth Sham
Western calligraphy: Ronsa Lee
Scenography and Media Design: Harry Hung (H2o)

Date: 13 – 14 Jan 2024 (Sat – Sun)
Venue: JC Cube




13 Jan (Sat)

11am – 12:30pm


3 – 3:30pm


5 – 5:30pm


14 Jan (Sun)

11am – 12:30pm


3 – 3:30pm



Kenneth Sham
Ronsa Lee

Kenneth Sham was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Dizi. In early 2019, he studied shakuhachi (尺八) with Mr. Fukuda Teruhisa, the Japanese shakuhachi grandmaster and founder of the Sainte-Ecole Shakuhachi Society in Japan.

In addition to playing traditional Chinese music, Sham also frequently collaborates with various art groups, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, the Hong Kong Repertory Theater, and the Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio.

He has toured to Europe and Asia with different art groups and has recorded and performed live for pop music concerts, documentaries, movies, and concerts.

Ronsa Lee, a Western calligrapher based in Hong Kong, specializes in Modern Calligraphy research and abstract painting. She has been invited by renowned brands to create calligraphy works and conducted numerous calligraphy courses for local schools. Her dedication lies in promoting modern Western calligraphy, aspiring to bring healing and tranquility through her artistic creations.

About “The Hearth”

We believe everything in life can be an inspiration of arts, and everyone can unlock their artistic potential through participation and appreciation. By bringing people together to share a time and a space, performing arts can create bonding and memories that are unique and relevant to those on and off the stage.

“The Hearth” is a regular thematic programme to explore how performing arts can connect people from different communities and create synergy. By integrating music, dance, theatre, films, literature and more, each programme is designed to look into how performing arts can nurture creativity, establish identity and care for wellbeing. These programmes are curated and led by creative and academic professionals across various sectors, presented in a range of performances, workshops, screenings, games, talks and more to encourage participation, evoke thinking and stimulate discussion around topics that concern us.